So our road trip is over! It was so fun.
Traveling with the kids has changed a lot over the years, and now that they’re teenagers they get bored a lot faster, so I worried about this trip. But I think the road trip concept worked really well for them.
Chris and I could have easily stayed the whole seven days in Tahoe — just going to the different beaches and enjoying different hikes like this (Sand Harbor, Nevada):
In fact, Chris tried to smuggle an aspen branch home, because we never see aspen trees, and we thought they were just beautiful. The kids called the branch “Aspy.” We only got a few funny looks from info-booth workers and passers-by:
Anyway, although Chris and I could have easily stayed in Tahoe the whole time, the kids really liked the ever-changing atmosphere of a road trip, and loved switching hotels along the way and musing about the fact they’d just been in such-and-such town last night — Manhattan Beach, Mammoth, Bodie, Tahoe, Virginia City, Davis, etc. We stayed longest in Tahoe, but they liked the rotation of the rest of the trip a lot. And every time we got in the car, they were fine. They listened to their iPods and watched the constantly evolving California scenery roll by:
It was a great trip. Definitely a memory-maker:
If you missed any of the posts and places, they’re here:
Road Trip! Day One: Manhattan Beach wedding/Mammoth
Road Trip! Day Two: California scenery
Road Trip! Day Three: Ghost Town of Bodie
Road Trip! Day Four: Virginia City, Nevada/meeting my parents
Road Trip! Day Five: Hike to Eagle Falls, South Lake Tahoe
Road Trip! Days Six and Seven: Truckee, Nevada City, Grass Valley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara